H.W.H., Cowell, and new music
Newsletter: Institute for Studies in American Music, XXXVII, (2), .
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Wiley Hitchcock’s championing of Charles Ives is internationally
recognized. What is perhaps less well known is that Wiley was
a supporter of—and in many cases friends with—innumerable
other American composers, including Virgil Thomson (whose Four
Saints in Three Acts, in an edition by Wiley and Charles Fussell, is
planned for publication by MUSA), John Cage, and Kyle Gann. But
perhaps the American composer on whose behalf Wiley expended
most energy—much of it covert, and seldom recognized through
public channels—was Henry Cowell (1897–1965). Whether Wiley
actually knew Cowell I am not sure; but he most certainly knew,
corresponded with, supported, and honored Cowell’s widow, Sidney
Robertson Cowell (1903–1995), not least in the edited compilation
of her reminiscences and vignettes, A Chapbook of Cheer, which
he had published privately in the year of her passing.
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